The African continent has stepped closer to finding it’s five nations that will compete in the 2022 FIFA World Cup after matchday four on Thursday. Mali have joined Senegal and Morocco in the next stage.
The biggest story makers are West Africa’s Eagles of Mali who have sealed a place in the final round with a game to spare.
Additionally, South Africa and Benin also took comfortable positions going into the final matches this coming weekend.
Mali's Eagles fly
The West African giants topped Group E thanks to a superb 3-0 away victory over 10-man Rwanda in Kigali on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, an East African derby took palace Kampala. The home side Uganda were held to a 1-1 draw by Kenya. The Cranes grabbed a late equaliser from Fahad Bayo to cancel out an opener from Harambee Stars skipper Michael Olunga.
Benin and South Africa
Thursday’s results saw Benin and South Africa coming closer to Senegal, Morocco and Mali in the final stage.
Benin took a two-point lead at the top of Group J’s log, thanks to a 2-0 win at home over Madagascar. The West Africans’ final chance to march to the next round will be a battle against the Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend.
South Africa’s Bafana Bafana beat neighbours Zimbabwe to gain a three-point lead ahead of Ghana’s Black Stars in Group G. The group will be decided this weekend when the 2010 world cup hosts visit Ghana in West Africa.
CAF WCQ RESULTS, THURSDAY, 11 NOVEMBER:
- Ethiopia 1-1 Ghana
- Tanzania 0-3 DR Congo
- Uganda 1-1 Kenya
- Benin 2-0 Madagascar
- Congo 1-1 Namibia
- Rwanda 0-3 Mali
- South Africa 1-0 Zimbabwe
- Togo 1-1 Senegal.
10 group winners will be drawn into five fixtures of home and away legs to determine the final five teams heading to the World Cup in Qatar.